Kyle Larson Approves of Latest Aero Package Changesby Kyle Pokrefky May 26, 2016 0 comments
Kyle Larson is feeling plenty excited entering this summer’s upcoming race weekends at Michigan International Speedway and Kentucky Speedway.
June’s race at Michigan and July’s race at Kentucky will be run with modifications to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’s aerodynamic package. The changes to the rules package for each race partially mirror the changes tested in the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway this past weekend.
Along with rules regarding the reduction of downforce-generating cooling fans, the mandating of the installation truck arm mounts and rules pertaining to the rear toe adjustment, Michigan and Kentucky’s races will also feature a shorter spoiler, a splitter size reduction and adjustments to the rear deck fin.
Larson, one of a handful of drivers to test the latest modifications in a Michigan test two weeks ago, has put his stamp of approval on the latest body changes.
From his test observations, Larson says that Michigan’s race in two weeks should feature more off-throttle time than seen this year with greatly reduced corner speeds.
“It will be a lot better than the high drag racing we had,” Larson, a vocal critic of last summer’s two-race high-drag aero package, said. “I was a part of the test a couple of weeks ago or last week, whenever it was. We started out the test in our current package and was still running pretty high speeds and a lot of wide open throttle stuff.
“As we took the rule changes and put them in the car I only got a couple of laps because it started raining, but I was already off throttle a lot more. I think we were about 10 mph slower in the center of the corner.”
All-in-all, the driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing is looking forward to getting to both Michigan and Kentucky to race with this year’s two-race package.
“I expect the racing to be really good,” Larson stated. “I think with you lifting the groove will move up some. It’s just going to, hopefully, be really exciting racing.
“I think you can see every race track we have been to this year has been much better racing. That was just a smaller step in downforce. Another step will just make it better, we hope. I don’t think it will make it any worse. I’m looking forward to it.”
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